April 15, 2000 |
this year titled "LA Jazz 2000"--is a collegiate sort of event. Scheduled over a five-day period, it includes free, as well as low-cost, events with programming that is a mixture of national artists, local players and USC faculty.
September 8, 1992 |
Bob Florence is the thinking man's bandleader. The performance of his 17-piece Limited Edition ensemble in the Jazz Pavilion at the Hyatt Newporter on Friday night demanded attention from both the mind and the body. The Limited Edition's two-hour set--which closed the Newporter's popular Summer Big Band series--was an attractive mix of smooth ballads, rhythmic swing numbers and first-rate jazz improvisation.
April 30, 1986 |
The promotion of jazz will be the main thrust of the National Academy of Jazz. "We're like the Country Music Assn., here simply for the betterment of our art form," said KKGO disc jockey and academy board member Chuck Niles. Plans for the academy were revealed Monday at an informal press reception and jazz performance in the Silver Screen Room at the Hyatt Hotel on the Sunset Strip.
February 27, 1997 |
Lovers of big-band jazz should say a daily prayer for the Moonlight Tango Cafe. A prayer appealing for the continuing economic good health of the attractive, Art Deco Sherman Oaks room that has been showcasing some of the Southland's finest large jazz ensembles every Tuesday night for years. This week, the featured band was Bob Florence's Limited Edition in a performance celebrating the release of the group's latest album, "Earth" on MAMA Records.
May 24, 2003 |
The Los Angeles Jazz Institute's "Contemporary Concepts" is a four-day celebration of West Coast big bands. But the feature event in Thursday's opening-night performance at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel was only peripherally related to the West Coast.
May 26, 1991 |
A common thread running through most of the summer's major events is big band jazz, now undergoing a major renaissance. Although Stan Kenton's will strictly forbade the formation of a Kenton ghost band, scores of players, composers and singers who were associated with him will gather Thursday through next Sunday at the Hyatt Newporter for "Back-to-Balboa," involving 15 concerts, along with panel discussions and film screenings.
May 21, 1999 |
At first hearing, the Phil Norman Tentet comes across as West Coast jazz of the '50s revisited. It's an image that leader and tenor saxophonist Norman likes to encourage, and it was in full bloom Wednesday in the band's one-night appearance at Catalina Bar & Grill.
March 26, 1993 |
In the mid-'70s, there was a brief big band revival in Los Angeles, and several ensembles popped up that continue to perform today. Of these, the Frank Capp Juggernaut (originally called the Capp-Pierce Jugger naut) is arguably the best known, followed by Bill Berry's L. A. Band and ensembles led by Bill Holman and Bob Florence. The group with the lowest profile is probably Roger Neumann's Rather Large Band, which was founded in 1975 and works intermittently, at best.
October 9, 1988 |
Sometimes our images of public personalities differ radically from their own reality. Rob McConnell, the composer, arranger and valve trombonist long respected as leader of Canada's best and best-known big band, the Boss Brass, typifies that disparity. His 22-man ensemble has built a library of music now played throughout the United States by thousands of students in hundreds of colleges. Records by the Toronto-based band have enjoyed considerable U.S.